Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fabulously Rustic

Source: scanned  Romantic Prairie Style  Summer 2012

One of my favorite magazines to premiere this summer was Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill.  The magazine delivered much inspiration and drool worthy interiors all with a vintage twist.

Source: scanned image from Romantic Prairie Style  Summer 2012

The vintage all mixed with the rustic was so up my alley.  I couldn't help but be intrigued by this one home photographed with the deer antlers mounted right on the wall!  I happened to have a set of antlers just like this!  What to do...what to do.   I thought about it awhile.  Should I just mount them right on the wall? 

Well bare antlers can look amazing in a lot of spaces.  I am not against mounting them as is.  But, I wanted to display them in my dining room so, I thought they needed a little more modesty.  Yes, that meant I was going to try taxidermy!  How hard could this project be right?  Here are my supplies:  wooden plaque, antlers, hot glue gun, leather square, and upholstery tacks.

I spray painted the wooden plaque first.  I then hot glued the antlers to the plaque.  Then I sketched out a pattern for my leather cover.

I then cut the leather out.
I then trimmed the leather even more and positioned the tacks.

I did a few tacks to anchor it first.

The bland spray paint just wasn't the look I was wanting so I sanded that up and applied a glaze to the whole plaque to make it look a little more aged.

So here is where I wanted to put them, right above my buffet in the dining room.  I was pleased with how they turned out.  It wasn't hard at all to do this.  A bit of a rustic touch for fall and winter.

That vine hanging in the side of the photo above is this.  I found a real bittersweet vine for fall!!!  Love this stuff, talk about fabulously rustic, bittersweet is it!
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Eileen said...

That really looks wonderful. It's perfect with your display.

Ricki Treleaven said...

:D Neat!!! I subscribed to Romantic Prairie Style, but I have not received a copy yet!

Unknown said...

What a lovely Fall vignette. I especially like how you added the microscope and globe.

Babs said...

Nice job mounting the antlers. They're perfect for Fall and I LOVE bittersweet, but I never see any growing here in the Atlanta area. Yours looks so good on top of your pie safe.

Anonymous said...

You did good! I love it and Fall is really falling around in your house.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Now THAT is very clever. Isn't the design world funny and strange? A few years ago you could find these antlers at thrift stores for pennies. Now they are sold at upper end design shops for a fortune. If only we could predict the next trends we would be rich! I love how yours turned out.

Unknown said...

How creative! You sure did a wonderful job mounting them. The whole look is wonderful.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

The antlers look great! Love the vignette. Isn't it fun to get decorating ideas from magazines? Gina

farmhouse-story said...

so just cute, so clever! love this, sherry:)

shaggysheephome said...

I love everything I see on your blog! Great work!

Keeping It Cozy said...

Oh, I love it! The entire vignette is beautiful and it adds the perfect amount of rustic charm.

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Great Job! It looks great! The antlers I have are all singles that just lay in my vignettes here and there! I like yours on the wall.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I really like it and it looks pretty all "covered" up. I haven't heard of this magazine before so will check it out. I just wonder were does everyone find the antlers, I have never seen them anywhere except in pretty homes like yours. Your entire vignette looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

My Secret Life in Lilly said...

Love your pie safe and your nail head detail! Very pretty!
Would love for you to share over at Carter's Cottage, My Monday Muse :)

Jessi said...

Love the antlers! I have some that I don't know what to do with, either. Thinking of spray painting them white. Great job!

I'm visiting from Carter's Cottage.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

You tackled it and did a great job. Made a great look above your buffet. Love the saying on your chalkboard and the bittersweet vine. Thanks for sharing your talent with Share Your Cup.